German syntax

In the following phrase "Heute Abend schaue ich mir einen Film an", what is the explanation for "mir" (considering that there is a ich before) and the "an"?

December 3, 2017


(Edit: Sorry, TaylorHenrique was faster and is, of course, right; but I'll leave this here anyway...)

The basic expression is "sich etwas anschauen" - "to (have a) look at something".

You need to split the verb and put the prefix at the end of the sentence: "ich schaue ... an" ("I watch / look at ...").

Literally, the German phrase translates as "I watch myself a movie", that's where the "mir" (reflexive pronoun) comes from. You don't necessarily need the "mir", but it's the usual way to phrase it.

December 3, 2017

Danke, das ist eine sehr gute Antwort.

December 4, 2017

The "an" is part of the saparable verb "anschauen" (to look at). "mir" is necessary because "anschauen" is a reflexive verb.

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December 3, 2017

Danke für deine Antwort.

December 4, 2017

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